Wewstminster, CO (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
K9 c.a.r.e.s. (Canine Assisted Reduction of Eventful Stress), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Colorado, announced the rollout of a new therapy dog training and certification program based on the highest standards of excellence. The K9 c.a.r.e.s. therapy dog training and certification program promotes the success of responsible dog owners wanting to volunteer as a therapy dog team.
The K9 c.a.r.e.s. therapy dog training and certification program goes well beyond the typical one-time training and registration commonly offered by most therapy dog organizations. Because K9 c.a.r.e.s. materially participates in the training and preparation of each Therapy Dog Team, K9 c.a.r.e.s. is able to certify that each Therapy Dog Team meets stringent requirements and is well prepared for success. Responsible dog owners are welcomed on the journey to become a Therapy Dog Team volunteering with their best friend! The K9 c.a.r.e.s. “Follow-the-Path” model provides a solid foundation for building success as each new therapy dog team is guided every step of the way. Visit http://www.k9cares.org to learn more about the K9 c.a.r.e.s. therapy dog programs!
The mission of K9 c.a.r.e.s. is to develop and operate therapy dog programs utilizing certified therapy dogs and their qualified volunteer handlers to provide therapy dog visits to people in a variety of venues. The services provided and populations served range from providing comfort and support to victims, witnesses and family members as they go through law enforcement agencies, child advocacy centers and criminal justice processes to other venues such as safe houses, acute care facilities and literacy programs. A few of the highly respected programs provided by K9 c.a.r.e.s. include the Dr. Dog program at University of Colorado Hospital, the Court Support Dog program at Adams County Courts and the Victim Advocate Dog program at Westminster Police Department.
Therapy dogs promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional and cognitive functioning. Therapeutic benefits include increased motivation, empathetic support, improved focus, improved rapport and emotional safety, nurturing and uncomplicated acceptance, mental stimulation, psychological benefits (even lower blood pressure), non-threatening physical contact/touch, overall positive distraction from stressful situations, and for some people, a soulful awareness.
The roots of K9 c.a.r.e.s. goes back to 1999 with its founder, Carolyn Corbett, a volunteer victim advocate for the City of Westminster, being one of the first responders to the Columbine High School shootings. Life changing events such as these cause a person to wonder how they could have done better to support the victims and families of this tragic event. In 2006 K9 c.a.r.e.s. began a first in the nation program introducing therapy dogs and their trained handlers into the law enforcement and criminal justice system. The programs operated by K9 c.a.r.e.s. have since expanded to include a wide range of services ranging from visits with individuals and progress all the way up to large scale crisis intervention, including comforting the victims, victims’ families and medical staff affected by the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings on July 20, 2012 who were in the midst of severe emotional trauma.
K9 c.a.r.e.s. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Westminster, Colorado providing therapy dog programs along Colorado’s front range. Our partner facilities and organizations include hospitals, hospices, child advocacy centers, safe houses, schools, libraries, literacy programs, criminal justice and law enforcement agencies, and agencies supporting the families of our military. To learn more about K9 c.a.r.e.s. visit our website at http://www.k9cares.org. We are on Facebook at K9 C.A.R.E.S. Victim Support.